The change begins October 18, the same day the administration’s new travel ban on citizens of seven countries and restrictions on those from two others are set to take effect. Privacy advocates call it an unnecessary intrusion that will do little to protect national security.
Starting Oct. 18, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned from entering the United States. Citizens of Iraq and Venezuela also face heightened scrutiny.
Just four percent of U.S. counties work with nonprofit organizations that provide legal aid services to immigrants, making it difficult to navigate the “bureaucratic labyrinth” involved in applying for green cards and social assistance, according to a Stanford University study. Meanwhile, noncitizens seeking legal help fall victim to scam artists who take advantage of their unfamiliarity with the complex immigration system.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. The Crime Report covered a protest that began Tuesday in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says requests by federal immigration authorities to detain people held in jails across the U.S. increased by nearly a third from January to March this year. Detainers were filed with 2,200 law enforcement agencies, led by Houston, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
Undocumented workers make up as much as 50 percent of the construction workforce in Texas, and they’ll be sorely needed in Houston. “There is no way the existing (legal) workforce can make a dent in it,” said one construction executive.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that protects immigrants who are in the country illegally from being detained solely because of their immigration status. Conservative Republicans had lobbied against the controversial legislation. Rauner said police support it.